Rodrigo Duterte is now ready to serve our country. He was finally proclaimed as the 16th President of our country where he took his oath at the Malacanang Palace. The new president arrived at 10:25 am and he wore a barong tagalog that was made from the fabrics of pina jusi matched with black colored cotton pants. He was accompanied by his 4 children namely Sara, Paolo, Sebastian and Veronica Duterte.

Duterte is Officially the President of the Philippines
Before his oath taking, he met Outgoing President Benigno Aquino inside the palace. After their conversation, Aquino had his final walk as the President of the Philippines before his departure honors. The departing president then went to his home at Times Street in Quezon City. After Aquino’s departure, Duterte went inside where there was a small program held at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in Malacanang Palace where singer-songwriter Freddie Aguilar opened the ceremony and sang Duterte’s campaign song “Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago”.

Senate President Franklin Drilon then read the proclamation of Duterte and Robredo as the new President and Vice-President. At exactly 12 noon, Duterte had taken his inauguration rites under Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes. His youngest child, Veronica held the old Bible of his mother, Soledad Duterte. After his oath taking, he signed the Oath of Office with his children by his side.

The Davaoeno president then delivered a 15 minute speech where he emphasized the problems in our society such as criminality and corruption. He also reiterated that if we want change, it must start among us.

The first president from Mindanao wants Filipinos to trust again the government where he assured that his upcoming administration will have transparency. After his oath taking, he conducted the rites for his succeeding cabinet members.

Simple snacks were served to 627 guests including the president’s family members and incoming secretaries. Before his oath taking, Duterte declined to hold his inauguration at Quirino Grandstand to avoid hideous traffic.

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